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Skrill Premier review 19th October

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We are now over two months into the Skrill Premier season and the table is starting to take shape as team who are going to be battling it out for the title and who is going to be in for a long season battling relegation Saturday’s round of fixtures saw a total of 45 goals being scored with seven fixtures having four or more goals being scored.

Hyde fc are still yet to win a game this season as they went down 4-3 to Dartford at the Princes Park stadium. Matt Gooden put the Arrowmen 2-0 up before Scott Spencer scored two goals of his own on 34 minutes (from the spot) and 43 minutes. Before Chris Almond put the Tigers 3-2 as they looked to be taking their first win of the season. But, with seven minutes left George Monger made it 3-3 before Gooden completed his hat-trick with just three minutes to go leaving the Tigers win out a win this season.

Another 4-3 game was at the Lamb and it went the way of the visitors as Luton over turned Tamworth in Staffordshire. Tamworth went 1-0 up thanks to Daune Courtney opening the scoring on 13 minutes but Jonathan Smith made it 1-1 on 31 minutes before Andy Parry made it 2-1 just before the interval. In the second half the Hatters were quick out of the box as just a minute in Paul Benson made it 3-1 on 46 minutes then just moments later 4-1 on 54 minutes. Tamworth did pull back two goals thanks to Lateef Elford-Alliyu from the spot and a second for Courtney but they couldn’t do enough to win the game.

Kidderminster are still looking towards promotion this season as they beat Lincoln City 4-1 at Aggborough Michael Gash gave the Harriers the lead just 3 minutes before half time. Before Andrew Boyce doubled the hosts lead 10 minutes into the second half when he put through his own net. Harriers skipper Kyle Storer made it 3-0 before Nick Wright made it 3-1. But right on full time Anthony Malbon made it 4-1 to the Harriers.

Gateshead also ran out 4-1 winners as they won by that score line away at Nuneaton. James Marwood put Heed 1-0 up on 15 minutes before the lead was doubled that to Jordan Hugill on 20 minutes. In the second half ColinLarkin made it 3-0 from the penalty spot before Robert Ramshaw made it 4-0 just before the hour mark. Louis Moult pulled on back for Nuneaton on 73 minutes but the damage was already done.

Alfreton claimed another great win as they beat Aldershot 3-2 at The Rec. In a fast 10 minute spell the visitors went 2-1 up thanks to Shaw opening the scoring on 23 before Jaydon Gibbs made it 1-1 on 28 minutes but Tom Law restored the visitors lead on 31 minutes to go into the break 2-1 up. The shots drew level just two minutes into the second half thanks to Brett Willams but Jake Speight won the game for Alfreton just before the hour mark.

Newly promoted Halifax Town are enjoying life back in the Conference Premier as they beat Welling United 3-0 at the Shay. This was thanks to a first half hat-trick from Lee Gregory who netted on the 7th 24th and 36th minutes to keep the Shaymen riding high in the Conference.

Halifax were promoted from the Blue Square North a long side Chester and the Deva were beaten 3-0 at Braintree. A early double from Charlie Strutton (6 and 7 minutes) put Braintree 2-0 up before Dean Wells added a 3rd on 28 minutes. The results leaves the Deva in third from bottom in the Skrill Premier, while Braintree sit in 4th place.

Cambridge United remain the only unbeaten side in the Skrill Premier as they beat Salisbury 2-0 to remain top of the league. The U’s won the game thanks a 5 minute double from sub Kwesi Appiah in the second on 49 and 56 minutes.

Grimsby are 5th in the league after they came from behind to beat fellow promotion hopefuls Forest Green at Blundell Park 3-1. FGR went 1-0 thanks to Klukowski on 24 minutes. Before a double from Ross Hannah 34 and a 64 minute penatly. Before Alex Rodman sealed the win for the Mariners with 6 minutes to go.

Wrexham are slowly climbing up the Skrill Premier table after they beat Woking 2-0 at Racecourse ground. Dean Keates put the Reds Dragons 1-0 up on 21 minutes before Joe Clarke secured the win for the North Wales side when he netted on 90 minutes.

Barnet were in the winners in the battle of the Bulls and Bees at they won 1-0 at Edger Street the home of Hereford United. The only game came 9 minutes before half time when Ahmed Abdulla netted for the visitors. Who now have Carl Fletcher, who has previously played for West Ham and the Wales National team.

On Thursday night Macclesfield and Southport played out a 2-2 draw. Conor Jennings put Macc 1-0 up on 10 minutes before Danny Hattersley leveled up on 61. Conor Jennings got his second as he made it 2-1 on 77 minutes. But Southport leveled in the final minute when Jamie Milligan made it 2-2 from the penalty spot on penalty.

You can view the Skrill Premier league table here.


Skrill Premier Review 14th September

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We are now eight games into the season and every team is now on plus points and the weekend saw a major change at the bottom of the Skrill Premier.

Aldershot moved off the bottom of the Skrill Premier on Friday night with a 2-0 win away to Hereford United in what their first away win in over nine months. A brace from Brett Williams on 14 and 66 minutes gave the Shots all three points and mean that they went into Saturday’s fixtures knowing they would be off the bottom of the league.

It was also a 2-0 at the Racecourse ground as Wrexham got their second win of the season at home to Luton, who have had their worst start to a season in the Conference. Former Bury striker Andy Bishop opened the scoring on 21 minutes for the Dragons before Johnny Hunt made it 2-0 to the hosts on 58 minutes. Luton’s defeat got even worse when substitute Alex Wall got himself sent off in the second half.

The final Friday fixture came at Woking where they were held to a 2-2 draw by Tamworth. Richie Baker opened the scoring for the visitors on 24 minutes. Before a second half double from debut loanee Scott Rendell (70 minutes) and a Gavin Williams penatly on 78 minutes put the hosts 2-1 ahead. But youngster Richard Peniket drew the Lambs level with an equalizer on 84 minutes.

With Aldershot winning it meant Hyde slipped to 24th in the table and they stayed their with a 2-1 lose at Kidderminster Harriers who took an early lead from Anthony Malbon on 3 minutes. But the 23 Hyde fans who travelled didn’t have to wait long for an equalizer as Tom Collins made it 1-1 on 15 minutes. But not long after that the Harriers went back in front with a goal from Michael Gash just after the half hour mark. The result sees the Tigers rooted to the bottom of the Skrill Premier still without a win this season.

Cambridge United remain top of the table with a 1-0 win over Gateshead United at the Abbey Stadium. Adam Cunnington’s goal on 16 minutes was the difference to keep United unbeaten.

The only other unbeaten side in the Skrill Premier is Nuneaton as they won 2-1 away at Dartford. An eight minute brace from Louis Moult on 4 and 8 minutes gave the visitors a 2-0 lead before Dartford pulled one back through Elliot Bradbrook on 28 minutes but it wasn’t enough as the Boro made the trip back to Warwickshire still unbeaten.

Barnet slipped to 4th and Lincoln 8th despite drawing 1-1 at the Hive. The Bees went ahead on 56 minutes through Keanu Marsh-Brown but the midfielder’s goal wasn’t enough as Jon Nolan equalized on 90 minutes.

Forest Green Rovers moved into third with as they left it late to win 2-1 win against Halifax at the New Lawn. The Shaymen had gone ahead on 34 minutes when Dan Gardener put the visitors ahead from the spot. But, injury time goals from Anthony Barry and Mango Vieira gave FGR the win.

Grimsby are now 7th with a 1-0 win over Braintree at Blundell Park. The Mariners went ahead through Lenell John-Lewis on 13 minutes as he scored the only goal of the game to give the hosts all three points.

Chester’s mini unbeaten run came to an end away at Salisbury as the Whites won 3-1. Despite the Blues going ahead on 14 minutes thanks to Joe Heath. But goals from Dan Fitchett (29), Elliot Frear (67) and Clovis Kandjo (85) gave the hosts all three points, which was briefly stopped when a Parachutist was blown of course and landed on the pitch and both teams were reduced to 10 men- Angus MacDonald on his Salisbury debut and Shaqullie McDonald, who was also making his debut (for Chester) got dismissed.

Southport and Welling United played out an entertaining 2-2 draw at Haig Avenue. Lee Clarke put the visitors ahead on just after half time before Chris Almond leveled it up on 51 minutes before Danny Hattersley put the Sandgrounders ahead with 28 minutes to play. But with just 14 minutes to go Ross Lafayette drew Welling level.

Macclesfield slipped to 23rd in the table as they lost 1-0 at home to Alfreton Town at Moss Road. The reds goal came on 27 minutes thanks to Daniel Meadows. The result leaves Macc still searching for their first win of the season and first under new boss John Askey.

The next round of fixtures is this Tuesday (17th September): Aldershot v Barnet, Alfreton v Cambridge United, Chester v Macclesfield, Halifax v Grimsby, Gateshead v Wrexham, Hyde v Woking, Lincoln v Southport, Luton v Dartford, Nuneaton v Hereford, Salisbury v Braintree, Tamworth v Kidderminster and Welling United v Forest Green.

Match Day 8 Skrill Premier Preview

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We are now on match day eight in the Skrill Premier and the table is starting to take shape and we even have three games being played Friday night.

We have an early six pointer at the top of the table on Friday as Wrexham welcome Luton Town to the Racecourse ground a game, which will be broadcasted, live on BT Sport. Wrexham have struggled this season so far and still haven’t picked up a win since the win over Welling at home and they sit 16th in the table. I am sure that Andy Morrell’s men will be turn their fortune around soon as they look to make a charge up the Skrill Premier table and many people are forgetting that we are only mid-September. While for Luton they are in a bit of inconsistency at the moment they followed up a fine 2-0 win at Kidderminster a fortnight ago with a 0-0 draw against Grimsby.

The second team playing on Friday is Hereford v Aldershot. Martin Foyle’s team are hoping to put the misery of last season off the field problems behind them and currently sit 10th in TSP. Last week the Bulls suffered a 2-1 loss away to Gateshead, Michael West scoring the goal for Hereford. But Aldershot can move off the bottom of the Skrill Premier if they pick up a win at Edger Street. The Shot’s future was in doubt in July and were slapped with a 10 point deduction before the first game of the season which they have clawed back and a 1-0 win at home to Macclesfield put them on 0 points.

Woking v Tamworth is the other game to be played on Friday night as the Lambs make the long trip down to south London. The Cards sit 20th in the league with just one win so far which came away to Chester. So a win for Gary Hill men will be vital as the welcome Dale Belford’s men from Staffordshire. The Lambs are in confident mood after they hammered Southport 4-1 at home on Saturday to see the Lambs sit 16th in the table. Tamworth will be happy with their start to the season as they hope to get enough points early on so they don’t have a relegation battle like they did last season.

Cambridge United returned to the top of the Skrill Premier after last Saturday’s results as they beat Hyde 1-0 and Barnet slipped up away at Halifax. Richard Money’s men have made a great start to the season as they sit top of the table with 17 points with five wins and two draws so far. The defense at the Abbey Stadium has been tight as well as they have only let in 3 goals so far this season- Halifax and Welling (2) have beaten Chris Maxwell in the united goal. Meanwhile Gateshead faces their first away trip under new manager Garry Mills. The former Tamworth and York City manager guided the Minstermen to the Football League through the Play Offs in 2012 and Gateshead fans will be hoping for him to do the same for them. Mills first game was at home to Hereford United last week, which ended in a 2-1 win for the Northeast side.

Nuneaton are so far defying the odds as they sit 2nd in the league as they visit Dartford. The Darts haven’t lived up their performances of their debut season. The Tunnelers sit 18th in the table with two wins, a draw and four losses so far. In contrast the Boro are unbeaten with 5 wins and 2 draw and are only sitting 2nd in the league due to their goal difference of 7, just three behind Cambridge and with United facing the tough test at home to Gateshead and Nuneaton having to a place where they should be picking up all three points we may well have a new leader come 5pm.

It’s the battle of 3rd vs 4th on Saturday as Barnet welcome Lincoln City to the Hive. Edger David’s Bees lost their first game since dropping out of the Football League last May last week as they got stung by Halifax 2-1 at the Shay so the Bees will be hoping to get back to winning ways this Saturday. Lincoln, like Nuneaton, is another team who was last season facing the battle of relegation and thus far has made a great start to the season with only losing two games. A win for them on Saturday can put them third as they trail the Londoners by just one point.

Following a run of five games with a win Chester can climb out of the bottom four with a win away at Salisbury. It looked doom and gloom at the Deva Stadium as they went the first four games without finding the back of the net. But a trip to bitter rivals Wrexham saw them win 2-0 and they followed it up a 0-0 draw at home to Dartford on Saturday. Meanwhile hosts Salisbury were also promoted last season like Chester but unlike the Blues, the Whites had to battle it out in the Play-offs having finished runners up to Welling United. Mikey Harris and his team have so far had a good start to life in the Conference Premier with Three wins and One draws and sit 14th in the table on 10 points. One of these wins came last Saturday as they beat top 4 sides Lincoln 1-0 away from home.

Also at the wrong end of the table is Macclesfield who host Derbyshire based Alfreton Town, looking to win their first game of the season. The Silkmen have had to cut their budge massively from last season and have only picked up three draws and four losses so far. Their last game came away to Aldershot who beat the Cheshire side 1-0. While Alfreton are sitting comfortably in 7th place just outside the play off spot. The Reds have picked up four wins this season including a 3-1 win at home to Woking last Saturday. Nicky Law’s men finished 13th last season so if they can make a push for promotion this season then surely at the Impact Arena will be rather happy.

Halifax Town faces another tough test as the make the trip to Forest Green Rovers on Saturday. Rovers reportedly have access to a one million pound budget, which included them sign Matthew Barnes- Homer in pre-season has already netted twice in three games for his new club. But with other players like Mango Vieira and Andy Mangan, whom both won promotion with Fleetwood to the football league, FGR has the belief they can make the step up. While Halifax Town have had a great start to the season. A 2-1 win over Barnet last Saturday has surely got to be the best performance thus far. However Neil Aspin’s side need to work on their discipline as they have already had 4 men sent off- 2 against Cambridge on Day one and 2 away at Salisbury.

Another team from the Midlands area gunning for promotion is Kidderminster Harriers. The Harriers suffered two loses on the bounce away to Nuneaton and at home to Luton before a 2-1 away at Welling United last Saturday to leave the Harriers in 8th place ahead of this Weekend. While they haven’t set the league alight so far the Harriers can boost a better record then last season as they were still waiting to pick up their first of the season this time last year. Hyde are the visitors to Aggborough this Saturday still looking for their first win of the season. In fact for Scott McNiven’s side a loss could see them slip to the bottom of the Conference Premier. Having finished the season comfortably away from the bottom of the relegation spots the Tigers were expected to do the same again this season tough I am sure everyone at Ewen Field’s will say its early days yet.

Grimsby Town will be looking to go one better then last season and get promoted back into the Football League and this Saturday they welcome Braintree up from Essex, who are now under the sole control of Paul Hurst after his joint manager Rob Scott will be looking to get a win after the 0-0 draw with Luton Town last Saturday in the late kick-off. The Mariner themselves have also appeared on BT Sport as their Bank holiday win over Hyde was the live game. Meanwhile Braintree Town make the long trip up north sitting 12th in the table with three wins and two draws, one of them draws came last Saturday at home to Forest Green Rovers as they held Rovers to a 1-1 draw with Kenny Davis scoring from the spot on 45 minutes.

The last game sees Southport entertain Welling United at Haig Avenue. The Sandgrounders have made a great start to the season under former Aston Villa defender Alan Wright as they sit 9th in the table despite losing 4-1 away at Tamworth last Saturday. In fact after two games Southport sat top after beating Luton 1-0 and Hyde 2-1. With a lot tipping the Port to go down a mid table will defiantly please the club. While last season Blue Square South champions make the trip having lost to Kidderminster 2-1 but will also be pleased with their start sitting 15th in table.

We will have a full round up of the weekends fixtures after the they have been played.

Skrill Conference Premier review 31st August

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There was 34 goals in match day 6 of the Skrill Premier as we start to get a look at how the league is going to shape up for the new season. We also had a massive derby which saw a team win their first game of the season.
There is only one place to start and that is the Racecourse ground as Wrexham entertained winless Chester. The Blues upset the odds coming away from their rivals with a 2-0 win as goals from Paul Linwood on five minutes put the visitors ahead on five minutes. Before Nathan Turner double the lead on 17 minutes put them 2-0 up and the Blues held out till the end to give their first win of the season in the Skrill Premier. The result also sees Chester jump to 22nd in the league.
Another 2-0 away win came at Aggborough as two late penalties from Jakes Howells on 70 and 81 minutes gave Luton all three points as the Hatters as they moved above the Harriers to go 11 place with Kidderminster sitting 12th in the league. John Still and his team will be hoping for Luton to have turned the corner from last season disappointment.
Salisbury won the battle of promoted teams against Halifax Town as they had two more men sent off. In two moments of madness the Shay men had Kevin Holsgrove and Josh Wilson sent off for the visitors.
On the pitch the hosts went into a 3-0 lead with goals from Elliott Frear (29), Luke Ruddick (69) and Ben Wright (81 minutes). Before Halifax pulled one through an own goal thanks to Ryan Brett with three minutes to go but it wasn’t enough for the Shay man as it was the second time already in the season that they have been reduced to nine men.
Cambridge took over top spot on goal difference as they beat Tamworth 3-0 at the Abbey Stadium. The Us went ahead just before half time as one of last season’s leading Marksmen Adam Cunnington scored from the spot against his former club. Before a second half double from Luke Berry on 58 minutes and 66 minutes to return to the summit of the table.
Barnet relinquished top spot despite being involved in an entertaining game as they beat Hyde FC 3-2. The Bees went 2-0 up with goals from Keanu Marsh-Brown (on 5 minutes) and Mark Byrne (40 minutes). Before the Tigers roared back with two goals from Liam Tomsett on 46 and 78 minutes. But the travelling Hyde fans dreams of taking a point were shattered on 84 minutes when substitute Harry Crawford netted the winner for the Bees.
Nuneaton stayed third in the league table as they beat Grimsby 2-1, who dropped to 8th in league table. Gavin Cowan put Nuneaton ahead on 26 minutes before Andy Brown doubled the lead on 33 minutes and the Warickshire side held on despite the hosts pulling one back on 86 minutes through Andy Cook.
Another team winning 2-1 on the road was Lincoln, who are having a great start after last season poor time, away at Dartford who have not had a great start like last season. The Imps went ahead on 21 minutes through Ben Tomlinson and just 12 minutes later Andrew Boyce double the visitors lead. The Darts pulled one back through Elliot Bradbrook on 59 minutes but it wasn’t enough for the Darts who sit 16th in the league.
Completing a small set of 2-1 wins is Hereford who triumphed over Welling by that score line. Chris Sharp put the hosts ahead just after half-time. Before they doubled the lead just before the end when Michael Rankine made it 2-0 on 84 minutes. Welling made it an interesting end when Ross Lafayette made it 2-1 on 90 minutes but it was too little too late for Welling.
Braintree got a 1-0 win away at Macclesfeild, who are still yet to win a game this season. The visitors went ahead just two minutes after half time when Liam Enver-Marum put the visitors ahead but neither team were able to find the net again during the game.
Aldershot are still on minus points as they went down to a 1-0 loss against Southport. The Shots could have moved onto 0 points with a win. But, a first half goal from Osayamen Osawe on 27 minutes saw the Sandgrounders return to the top five as Alan Wright’s men continue to upset the odds.
Big spending money Forest Green Rovers got another win as they beat Alfreton Town 3-1 at the New Lawn. A first half double from James Norwood on 7 and twenty three minutes put FGR 2-0 before Danny Wright made it 3-0 ten minutes before half time. But with 10 minutes to go till full time Alfreton were to pull one back through Dan Bradley.
Gateshead got their first win of the season with a 2-1 away at Woking. Heed went 2-0 with goals from James Brown on 20 minutes and Jamie Chandler on 30 minutes. Before a last minute penalty from Gavin Williams on 90 minutes.

The next round of Skrill Premier Fixtures is this Saturday on the 7th September on what is Non-league day. A full preview round up will be up on Friday.

Matchday 6 Skrill Premier Preview

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Another set of fixtures for the teams of the Skrill Premier as we enter the end of the first month of the season and there is only one place to start in this week’s preview.

This Saturday sees the return of the cross boarder derby as winless Chester make the trip to the Racecourse to face fierce rivals Wrexham. The game has been made a bubble game and a 1pm kick off with the expectation of trouble is rather high. But on the pitch we will have a great game as Chester look to pick up their first points of the season. The Blues have added Danny Higginbotham to their ranks arriving from Sheffield United. While Wrexham have not had a great start to the season picking up 5 points from 5 games a win, 2 draws and a 2 losses leaving last season’s play-off finalist Wrexham sitting 16th. The one win coming on the opening day as they beat Welling 2-1 at home.

In fact Chester could be sitting bottom of the league come 5pm on Saturday. If they lose then Aldershot could in fact over take them should they win at Southport fc. Aldershot have clawed back their 10 points deduction landed them on at the start of the season and if they were handed their points deduction they would be sitting 14th in table. Weekends results saw a 1-0 loss to Salisbury and a 2-1 win over Woking. Meanwhile the Sandgrounders have had an enjoyable start under Alan Wright sitting 9th in the table after sitting top after 2 games with wins by the odd goal against Luton and Hyde. Their Bank Holiday weekend was a mixed one with a 2-1 win over Gateshead at home before a 1-0 defeat to Halifax on the Monday. But so far are proving doubters as many tipped them to finish at the wrong end of the table.

Following Monday’s round of fixtures we have a new league leader as Barnet now sit at the top of the Skrill Premier only by a goal difference of +1. A 3-0 win for the Bees away at Braintree Town put the Bees flying high. They welcome Hyde FC to the Hive this Saturday. The Tigers will be hoping they will not be stung by the Bees as they look for their first win of the new season. The Tameside club have so far picked up two points with a draws against Wrexham and Hereford both 2-2. They currently sit 21st in TSP.

The team Barnet knocked off the top of the table was Cambridge United. The Us were held to a 0-0 draw away at Luton Town following a 1-0 win over Lincoln City on the Saturday with Luke Berry scoring the only goal of the game. The visitors to Abbey Stadium is Staffordshire side Tamworth. Dale Belford’s side 17th in the Skrill Premier with 5 points to their name which has record similar to Wrexham. The one win came against Sailsbury away with Wayne Thomas scoring the only goal of the game to give the Lambs the three points.

Another clash of the titans comes at Aggborough as Luton Town are the visitors. Both teams have had an indifferent start to the season. Steve Burr’s Kidderminster have had three wins and 2 losses in the first five games. The three wins came against Gateshead (3-1), Braintree (1-0) and Chester (3-1). While the two losses came against Nuneaton on Monday (2-1) and Alferton (3-1) on day two of the season. Despite not picking up any points in the latter two games I am sure Harriers fans will be happy with their side’s start compared to the last one. While John Still’s Luton will be looking to break the sequence of 2 0-0 draws with came against Forest Green and Cambridge United. The Hatters faithful will be hoping that a win against Kidderminster will kick start their season and normal service will be resumed in making it to the Play-offs.

It is the battle of the last season step 2 play-off winners as Halifax make the long trip to play Salisbury fc at the Raymond McEnhill Stadium. Halifax have made a really great start to the season and sit 6th in the league table. Over the bank holiday weekend the Shay men picked up points with a 2-2 draw away at Macclesfield Town. Before a 1-0 win over Southport on the Monday with Kevin Holsgrove scoring the winner for the Yorkshire side four minutes from time. While for Salisbury they sit 19th in the league with 4 points. One of those points came Monday with a 0-0 draw with Welling United. The other three came on the Saturday against Aldershot who they beat 1-0. The Whites fans will be hoping that Mikey Harris and the team and continue this good form.

Fourth welcome third in Skrill Premier at Blundell Park as Nuneaton make the trip to Grimsby. Nuneaton are one of the surprised teams who have made a great start to the season. The Boro took four points at the weekend with a 1-1 draw at Barnet fc before beating local rivals Kidderminster 2-1 at home. A trip to Grimsby will be tough for the Warickshire side as Rob Scott’s side will be looking to make up for the disappointment of missing out on the play-off final last season. Grimsby took six points over Bank Holiday with a 3-1 win over Alferton on the Saturday. Before beating Hyde 1-0 in the late kick off which was broadcasted on BT Sport. Nuneaton sit just one point ahead of Grimsby having drawn one more game then their Saturday hosts.

Another team expected to be challenging at the top of the table come April is Forest Green Rovers. FGR have started brightly to the season with two wins and two draws as well as finding the back of the net 12 times in five games giving them a goals to game ratio of 2.4 goals per game. The Bank Holiday fixtures saw them draw 0-0 with fellow big spenders Luton Town. Before a win away to winless Chester at the Deva stadium. Danny Wright and Matthew Barnes-Homer the scorers for the Rovers. Alferton have made a decent start to the season with 3 wins already including beating favorites Kidderminster on day 2 of the season. However the Bank Holiday saw them lose their second game of the season 3-1 away to Grimsby. But made up for it with a 2-1 win at home to former Football League side Hereford United. Nicky Law’s Reds will be hoping to keep up their start to the season as we look to enter September.

It may still be August but Lincoln City fans will no doubt be happy with their start to the season following last season battle to survive. The Imps make the long trip down south to face Dartford, who impressed many in their first season as a conference side. The Darts have had a sluggish start to the season winning 2 games and losing 3. Meaning manager Tony Burman has come under a tad bit of criticism and will find it tough against Lincoln who expect to have 500 or so fans make the long trip to Kent for tomorrow’s game. Both teams picked up 3 points over the Bank Holiday. Dartford lost 2-0 at home to Braintree before beating Tamworth 2-0 in Staffordshire. While Lincoln lost 1-0 to league Leaders at the time Cambridge before beating Wrexham 2-0.

Macclesfield Town have had a poor start to the season sitting 20th ahead of the visit of Braintree Town to Moss Road. The Macc have only secured 3 points this season with 3 draws and are still waiting for their first win of the campaign. A 2-2 draw with Halifax on Saturday before a draw at Gateshead by the same score line has left the Cheshire based club just dangerously at the wrong end of the table. While Braintree sit in mid-table (13th) with 7 points- two wins and a draw. The Weekend double header got off to a good start with a 2-0 win over Dartford at Princes Park before losing 3-0 at home to Barnet which sent the visitors to the summit of the Skrill Premier table. Alan Devonshire’s side will be hoping to improve on last season’s 9th place finish.
Hereford United welcome Welling United to Edger Street in the battle of the United’s on Saturday. Following money problems last season the Bulls will be hoping to put them behind them and have a successful season in their bid to return to the Football League. Hereford sit 12th in the table level on points with visitors Welling on 8 points. The Wings were promoted as champions from the Blue Square South last season and have adapted well to life in the Skrill Premier. With 2 wins and 2 draws. Last Saturday saw them beat fellow Woking 4-2 away from home before being held to a 0-0 draw with fellow promoted BSS side Salisbury 0-0. While for the Bulls they enjoyed a 1-0 win over Tamworth before losing 2-1 at Alferton on the Monday.

The final game in the Skrill Premier sees Woking take on Gateshead. Woking sit in the wrong half of the table in 18th place with one win and a draw. While the Northern club sit 22nd with just one point to their name. After Ant Smith resigned as boss last week Gateshead picked up their first point of the season a 2-2 draw with Macclesfield on Monday under caretaker manager David Rush following a 2-1 loss at Southport on the Saturday. While for Woking they were to lose both games over the weekend first a 4-2 loss at home to Welling before being beaten 2-1 at Aldershot Town.

We will have a full round up to Saturday’s fixtures on the website over the course after Saturday’s fixtures are played.

Interview with Richard Bellis? Co-editor of the Chester’s fanzine

Chester fc celebrate promotion from the Evo-stik Premier division in 2012 (c) BBC

Chester fc celebrate promotion from the Evo-stik Premier division in 2012 (c) BBC

It has been three years since Chester City went and were forced into reforming and became Chester FC and were place into the Northern Premier League. After three consecutive promotions they have returned to the Conference Premier.

The Blues haven’t made the best of starts to life back in the Conference Premier and after five games the sit 23rd in the league table. We spoke to the co-editor of the Blue and White fanzine Richard Bellis to discuss Chester fc goings on.

The main thing for Chester fans was there return to the Conference Premier and it has delighted the Blues faithful as Bellis explained: Good! “Well, the poor start isn’t good, but it’s great to be back in the division where the previous incarnation of the club folded.

“It’s been a brilliant three years getting promoted through the divisions but now it’s back to normal I suppose – not being the best team in the league, having to scrap for every point and so on. It’s fun still, but in a different way.

“The goals and the results mean more – we can’t expect to tonk anybody like we have over the last few years.”

The league table shows Chester haven’t had the best of start to life back in the Conference which read five games played no wins, no draws and 5 losses. Results were 3-0 against Barnet, 2-0 against Hereford, 2-0 against Woking, 3-1 against Kidderminster and 2-1 against Forest Green Rovers on Bank Holiday Monday.

Bellis explains why this is the case: “Basically, it’s a steep learning curve. Defensively we can’t defend corners and something like nine of the twelve goals we’ve conceded have been from set-pieces.

“Up top we’re creating few chances and not putting away enough, but we have the makings of a good team in there. We’ve also had an extremely difficult start, playing five full-time clubs in our first six matches was never going to be easy.

“Though we were unlucky not to nick a point against Forest Green I thought.”

The Blues have signed a number of players and last season they had a team full of match winners as the made the charge to the Blue Square North title.

So who will be the key men for The Seals?

“It’s been quite mixed. Some have slotted in very well: Kevin McIntyre, Michael Kay and the Turner twins (on loan) look good. Others have looked decent: Lee Pugh, Danny Harrison, Alex Titchener.

“Then others have looked pretty bad, but let’s not name names.

“In terms of key men Ben Mills played well last match and grabbed a goal, Jamie Reed is supposed to be good, though he hasn’t played too much.

“Alex Titchener looks a good bet for a partnership up front with Mills, but I think this year will be a team effort, unless we can get another Antoni Sarcevic like player who can be our creative hub in midfield. We have a team of grafters at the minute.”

A number of teams in the Skrill Premier are full time. But one of the teams that are not full time is Chester. So will Chester become a full time team in the near future: “No. We can’t afford full-time football so we certainly shouldn’t go full-time.

“Otherwise we’d be back down the divisions after going bankrupt again. To be fair I don’t think many people seriously think we should go full-time yet as we all have a good idea about the state of the club’s finances – one of the benefits of being fan owned.”

This Saturday sees the return of the much anticipated Cross Boarder Derby as Chester visit the Racecourse ground, the home of Wrexham FC. The game has been made a bubble game, which mean away fans have to travel into the ground on official transport only. The game has also been a 1pm kick off.

“It’s the first fixture we all looked for and everyone is really excited about the match, though the ridiculous restrictions put in place by the police has taken some of the shine off the day.

“Why a non-league fixture that is going to attract about 6,000 fans needs to be a ‘bubble’ match is beyond me. If anything it’ll encourage trouble as Chester fans living in Wrexham will just risk it and go in the home end.

The racecourse ground will welcome the first Cross Boarder derby of the season.  photo by Steve Pic

The racecourse ground will welcome the first Cross Boarder derby of the season.
photo by Steve Pic

“North Wales Police will then use that as an excuse to bubble all future derbies for us. It’s incompetence of the highest order. The match will be good though.”

“It’s our biggest game since we reformed, so it’d be our biggest win. But the three league titles in a row obviously stand out in terms of achievements.

“On the day one team can upset the form book, but to win any league you have to be the best team. Being the best team in three divisions of increasing difficulty – and making them look increasingly easy – is something that can’t be matched by one game of football. Would still love to see us win though! But it’s got 0-0 written all over it.”

Skrill Premier review 24th August

Chester scored their first goal of the season but are still searching for the first win.

Chester scored their first goal of the season but are still searching for the first win.

Chester FC are still looking for their first win of the Skrill Premier but they did finally manage to find the back of the net. But it wasn’t enough to beat league favorites Kidderminster Harriers as they scored three goals of the own to beat the Blue 3-1 at Aggborough.

The Harriers went 2-0 up with goals from Josh Gowling and Marvin Johnson. Before Danny Harrison pulled one back for Chester on half time. But a Chester fight back was killed off on 90 minutes when Joe Lolley scored his first goal for the Harriers to give them a 3-1 win. The result also promoted Kidderminster into 2nd place where they finished last season.

Another team winning 3-1 was Grimsby at home to Alfreton. Grimsby went ahead on 13 minutes through Liam Hearn before Joe Colbeck made it 2-0 on 39 minutes and Patrick McLauglhin made the game safe for the host on 57 minutes when me made it 3-0 but Nick Fenton pulled one back for Alfreton on 90 minutes.

Cambridge United remain top of the table with a 1-0 win over Lincoln, who fell to their first loss of the season. Luke Berry gave the Us all three points on 41 minutes when he beat visiting keeper Paul Farman. The results see the Imps fall to 10th in the table.

Barnet slipped to 4th place in the Skrill Premier with a 1-1 draw with fellow unbeaten side Nuneaton at the Hive. Despite going ahead on 16 minutes through Jake Hyde. The Warickshire side equalized just before half time through Andy Brown on 43 minutes.

The final team to make up the top four is Southport who enjoyed a 2-1 win over manager less Gateshead at Haig Avenue. A first half double from Karl Ledsham (34, 45) gave the hosts a 2-0 lead but just after the hour mark Richard Brodie pull one back for the visitors.

Woking and Welling shared six goals as Welling ran out 4-2 winners over Woking at the Kingfield stadium. The visitors raced into a 3-0 lead with an own goal from keeper Aaron Howe, before Doug Bergqvist doubled the lead on 19 minutes before Harry Beautyman made it 3-0 ten minutes later. Brett Johnson pulled on back for the hosts on 38 minutes. Before Loick Pires made it 4-1 on 67 minutes. But Joe McNerney grabbed a consolation for the hosts on 69 minutes.

Hyde left it late to take a point against Wrexham. Tom Collins had given the Tigers the lead on 13 minutes from the Penalty spot. Before 2 quick goals from Kevin Thornton and Junior Mtname. Just before the break gave the hosts a 2-1 lead and it looked like all three points were staying in North Wales until Scott Spencer made it 2-2 on 90 minutes again from the spot.

Another game that finished all square at 2-2 was Macclesfield v Halifax at Moss Road. Lee Gregory had given the Shaymen a 1-0 lead on 16 minutes before Holsgrove doubled the lead on 21 minutes for Halifax. But goals from Scott Boden (38 minutes) and Jack MacKreth gave the Macc a spoil of the points who also had Connor Jennings sent off.

Braintree overcame Dartford 2-0 at Princes Park. Both teams enjoyed great seasons last season and it was the visitors who took the lead on 69 minutes when Alan Massey scored before Liam Enver-Marum made it 2 on full time.

Hereford have made a decent start to the second season in the Skrill premier as they beat Tamworth 1-0 at home. The only goal of the game came on 51 minutes when Sam Smith beat Cameron Belford (son of boss Dale Belford) to give the Bulls all three points.

Theo Lewis was Sailsbury City’s hero on Saturday as they beat Aldershot 1-0 at the Raymond McEnhill Stadium. The goal from the Whites number ten came on 51 minutes for side which was a whole league away from Aldershot last season who remain on – points.

The only 0-0 draw of the day came at Forest Green Rovers who held fellow big spenders Luton Town.

Teams don’t have to wait too long for the next set of fixtures which are played this bank Holiday Monday. Full fixture list is as follows (Kick offs 3pm unless stated) –
Aldershot v Woking
Alfreton v Hereford
Braintree Town v Barnet
Chester v Forest Green Rovers
Halifax v Southport
Hyde v Grimsby (17.30)
Gateshead v Macclesfield
Lincoln v Wrexham
Luton Town v Cambridge United
Nuneaton v Kidderminster
Ramworth v Dartford
Welling v Sailsbury